Louisiana Hiking, Nature September 20, 2017
9 Spectacular Boardwalk Trails In Louisiana Perfect For An Afternoon Stroll
Boardwalk trails are a wonderful way to get out and explore our state’s amazing scenery. They allow you access to parts of the swamps/bayous that you normally wouldn’t be able to get to, giving you glimpses of beautiful cypress/tupelo forests, native plants, and tons of wildlife. Here are some of our favorite boardwalk trails perfect for an afternoon stroll.
1. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
This 203-acre facility is dedicated to conservation and recreation through education and tourism. Kids and adults alike will have a blast here. Located at 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
2. Chicot State Park
Located in South Central Louisiana, the park is over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water to explore. There’s a 20-mile hiking/biking trail that completely encircles Lake Chicot and offers beautiful views of the park’s natural landscape. Find it at 3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586.
3. Lake Martin
One of the largest bird rookeries in the country, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see some wildlife on your visit to Lake Martin. If you can, stay out until dusk because the sunsets over Lake Martin are magical. You'll find it at 1209 Rookery Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.
4. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
The trails here are perfect for bird watching, photography, and there are some spectacular views of the marsh. Located at 20876 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
5. Tickfaw State Park
There’s more than a mile of beautiful boardwalks to explore over at Tickfaw State Park, and you’ll love the views. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the cypress/tupelo swamp, mixed pine forests, and of course, the Tickfaw River. Check it out at 27225 Patterson Rd, Springfield, Louisiana 70462.
6. Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Park
You could easily spend a few hours here exploring all of the trails. At the end of the Bayou Coquille trail there is a marsh overlook that’s absolutely stunning. Located at 6588 Barataria Blvd. Marrero, LA 70073.
7. Louisiana State Arboretum Trail
With 600 acres of forest and 5.5 miles of trails, you’ll love exploring the Louisiana State Arboretum Trail. While not all of the trails are boardwalk trails, you’re bound to have a memorable experience. Located at 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586.
8. Black Bayou Lake NWF
This massive 5300-acre refuge is filled with wildlife, everything from migratory species to the typical resident wildlife calls this area home. Come walk the boardwalk trails through the cypress swamps and around the 1600 acre lake. You can find it at 480 Richland Place Dr, Monroe, Louisiana 71203
9. Sabine Wetland Walkway
This 1.5-mile boardwalk trail is located in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. The trail also featured a raised observation tower that allows for some pretty amazing views of the marsh. Expect to see tons of wildlife, as everything from alligators to butterflies are known to call the area home. Located at 3000 Holly Beach Hwy, Hackberry, LA 70645.
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